Serving the Word: 13th January


Mark 1:40-45:

“A leper came to Jesus, begging him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be cleansed”. The leprosy was immediately removed and he was cleansed.”


In Jesus’ time, a leper was not only a sick person. He was also an outcast. A “without” without any “with”.

Without rights, without family, without friends, without social relations, even without religion.

And Jesus lets him come to him and takes pity on him.

He restores to him all the “withs” because he restores to him all his dignity as a human person.

Today there are still many “people without” because there are many kinds of leprosy: loneliness, sadness, exclusion, abandonment, poverty, marginalisation    Any one of us can be that leper who needs the compassion and touch of Jesus.

Let yourself be touched by him today. And be the hand of Jesus who, by touching other lepers, restores comfort and dignity.

Good day.

Antonio Sanjuán Marín, cmf



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